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BRISTOL HOUSE OF MUSIC

We teach Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals, Ukulele, Music Theory and Songwriting, all at an affordable rate. And did we mention... the first lesson is FREE! Book your first lesson now! Skype Lessons also available!

 

Welcome to BRISTOL HOUSE OF MUSIC

 

At Bristol House of Music we believe that high quality one-to-one lessons are the perfect way for budding musicians to learn and develop their skills. We are a fun and modern thinking music school who believe that music education should be affordable to all. Watch our video below and scroll down to find out more.

Lessons are professional, fun, challenging and affordable. We also offer the first lesson for FREE.

Visit the "BOOK YOUR FIRST LESSON" page to get started or call 07378485558 or email jamesashbury@me.com.

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We have gift cards available as well as ‘refer a friend’ and student offers!

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MEET YOUR TEACHER


JAMES ASHBURY

Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Songwriting Teacher

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James is a fully qualified musician having achieved the highest level in his BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Musicianship. Since leaving university James signed a publishing deal with M&A Publishing in 2014 followed by a record contract with Original 1265/Caroline Records in 2015, through which his band Wildflowers released their debut album 'On The Inside'. Wildflowers have  toured with the likes of Robert Plant, Tom Odell and George Ezra, as well as sold out UK headline tours. They have played festivals such as Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Isle of Wight and travelled to America to play SXSW in Austin, Texas.

James and his band Wildflowers have spent the last two years living in America in Denver, Colorado. During this time he helped set up a music university DIME Denver, hosted and ran his own masterclasses. James has been involved in recording top musicians such as Gabor Dornyei & Kornel Horvath, Mike Dawes, Neyla Pekerak (The Lumineers) and Chris Johnson (Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg). As well as this James spent November/December 2018 on the road with Jake Bugg as his guitar tech, travelling around US & Canada in some of the best music venues in Nashville, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Washington and more.

James is a very experienced teacher having taught over 200 students. His lessons are fun and relaxed, always pushing you towards the next challenge. Take a look at the songs, videos and testimonials  below and have a listen to James' playing...

 


Testimonials...

I’ve been having lessons with James for 1 year now. He’s very kind and funny. He lets me choose what songs I want to learn. He’s very patient and is good at making simple stuff sound really cool... even scales! He lets me have a go on any of his instruments at the end of each lesson. I look forward to going and have fun every week.
— Elliott
After a few lessons with James, I found my playing technique and understanding of guitar theory had improved quickly compared to when I was trying to teach myself the guitar. Thanks to my tutor’s patience and encouragement, I was soon playing my favourite riffs and songs. What was also great about the lessons was how they were tailored to your own skills and music interests, while also introducing you to new ones.
— Alexandra
I had 10 months of lessons and my playing has come on leaps and bounds. Moreover, I’ve learned very useful things that I simply would not have considered if I had remained self-taught. We covered everything from learning specific songs, soloing, song-writing, theory, chord structures, scales and so on. James was always happy for me to suggest lessons, such as learning a song, or he was able to make suggestions about what we should cover. I always felt stretched by the lessons, but never out of my depth. The dedicated space available at Bristol House of Music is like a guitar-heaven! You are in a completely comfortable space to learn. I would definitely recommend Bristol House of Music to any of my friends or family who were interested in learning how to play the guitar or improving their playing and knowledge.
— John
I felt so lucky when I found James to teach the guitar, his playing ability is brilliant. I was in awe when watching him play my favourite songs with ease in front of me. James’s teaching ability is so relaxed but positive. I remember doing things on the guitar I’d never dream of, he seems to have the knack to get the best out of you, and not be one bit critical when you make a mistake. James is very organised and will definitely make you a better guitarist and you will enjoy it at the same time.
— Dave
After many years of fiddling around on my guitar, but basically being pretty stuck in a rut, I struck lucky when a friend recommended James to me. After only a couple of months, I feel like my playing has not only improved, but my understanding of what I can actually do on the guitar has really opened up - for the first time ever I can see real possibilities for developing my playing in the way I want to. James is a great teacher, patient, friendly and incredibly observant, as well as being really skilled at meeting his students where they are. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
— Kathy

Kit Bennett

Piano, Vocals, Songwriting and Theory Teacher


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Kit is a classically trained pianist, with a BA (Hons) in Music Practice. She is a prolific songwriter and composer and has been performing since she was 8 years old. She is signed to both M&A Publishing and 1265 Recordings/Caroline Records. She performs both as a solo artist and plays keyboards, accordion and vocals with Wildflowers.

 

Playing music has taken Kit all over the world, having gigged all of the top festivals in England including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Secret Garden Party and more. Playing with the likes of Robert Plant, Tom Odell, George Ezra as well as sold out headline tours all around England and Scotland. Her songs have been played to millions of listeners on Radio 2 and are favoured by the likes of Graham Norton and Bob Harris.

 

Kit spent the last two years living in Denver, Colorado, USA. During this time she helped set up a music university DIME Denver. During her time there, she played some of Denver's best venues Hi-Dive, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake and the infamous "dive" bar Lions Lair. 

 

Her teaching style is always tailored to the individual and is fun, relaxed and challenging, inspiring you to learn at your own pace.


Testimonials...

I’ve always wanted to learn piano but wasn’t sure if lessons would suit me. I decided to try it with a free introductory lesson with Kit and learned more in that hour than I’d learned in 15 years of aborted attempts through books or the internet. I’m learning far more quickly than I thought I would, not just playing fluency but sight-reading music too which I didn’t expect. Kit is funny, knowledgeable and patient, but doesn’t shy away from pushing me to keep working on the things I find hard. I’m so pleased I went for that first lesson, and I always look forward to the next.
— David
I have been having lessons with Kit for six months now, and I find her very patient and understanding. My favourite part of the lessons is when we make up a song on the spot, taking it in turns to play chords and improvisations.
— Ryan
My daughter has become such a better singer since taking lessons with Kit, and her confidence has grown immensely. Kit always prepares the songs that my daughter asks for ahead of the lessons and is full of great suggestions to widen her repertoire.
— Lisa
Kit is an excellent piano teacher! She makes the lessons very fun and I am always learning lots about my playing, I have improved so much since my first lesson. I can now read music and play many songs!
— Harry
Kit is a very professional and creative singing teacher. I have 3 singing lessons per month with her and I thoroughly enjoy them. I highly recommend her to everyone.
— Gosia
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We are very proud of our MUSIC ROOMS! TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU GET TO LEARN...

The Studio

The studio room is a  very exciting place to learn. Think of this room as a guitarists heaven! We have acoustic, classical, resonator, electric, ukulele and bass guitars. We also have some of the top guitar amps, with a Fender Deluxe Tube Amp and Trace Elliott bass amp, perfect for getting the right sound! As well as this there are lots of pedals for you can use, including a  tuner, looper, chorus, delay, compressor, wah-wah, distortion, tube-screamer and booster.

We also have an  MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X that you can plug straight into, record and utilise the thousands of sounds and loops available. The computer also has Apple Music and a huge selection of music/videos that are great for playing along to and are excellent examples to refer to during your lessons. We are also hooked up to Wifi so you can bring round your laptop or tablet if you want to show anything that you are working on. The room also has a professional Roland keyboard and 61 key midi keyboard and some excellent sounding monitor speakers.  

THE PIANO ROOM

The piano room is a great environment to hone your piano skills. It comes equipped with a full sized, professional tuned Yamaha upright piano.

You will have access to the many books of piano sheet music, as well as being able to use online resources. It is also possible to learn on the Roland FP-4 full size electric piano with weighted keys if that is the sound you are going for.

There is a great selections of vinyl records at Bristol House of Music, covering many genres, which are available to listen to on demand. Alternatively we have an iPad hooked up to speakers for use for listening and learning.

Listening is a major part of music education and we have focused on making as much music available to the student as possible.

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We are  really into instruments at Bristol House of Music, that's why we also have a banjo, a couple of mandolins, tin whistles, recorders, keyboards, accordion, cajon, harmonicas, tambourines, shakers and everything else you would ever need to make your lessons or recordings as creative and fun as possible. You will also be able to take advantage of the hundreds of books we have, with lots of music you are welcome to use. Lessons at Bristol House of Music always come with professional standard notation/tablature.